Quotations About / On: ALONE
To be adult is to be alone.
(Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).)
Testing oneself is best when done alone.
(Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. "Trout," in Always a Reckoning and Other Poems, p. 115, New York: Times Books (1995).
Describing the challenge of fishing for trout.)
Even alone we go on justifying ourselves.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Change alone is unchanging.
(Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 23, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).)
The strong man is strongest when alone.
(Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, historian. Tell, in Wilhelm Tell, act 1, sc. 3, trans. by Sir Thomas Martin.)
The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 202.)
It is very easy to love alone.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1927), originally published in Operas and Plays (1932). Four Saints in Three Acts, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).)
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
(Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Quoted in Henry Jaglom, Someone to Love (1985).
Definition of loneliness contributed by Welles to author.)
Just as the individual is not alone in the group, nor any one in society alone among the others, so man is not alone in the universe.
(Claude Lévi-Strauss (b. 1908), French anthropologist. Tristes Tropiques, ch. 40 (1955).)
Life's an awfully lonesome affair.... You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even going and coming.
(Emily Carr (1871-1945), Canadian artist. "The Elephant," entry for July 16, 1933, Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr (1966).)